On Saturday's Sydney Morning Herald (23rd
September) in the Good Weekend liftout, there was an Inetersting feature on
Cassowaries titled "How to stuff a cassowary". It highlighted the significant
decline in the population of Cassowaries in QLD Wet Tropics region with probably
no more than 1500 still remaining around Cairns. The article highlighted the
problems between the demands of the Sugar Cane Farmers and the need to conserve
the remaining cassowary habitat. It mentioned the last seen Cassowarries at both
Mt Whitefield and Lake Barrine and how these poor birds are given a poor
reputation. What is being done to save these birds from extinction?
An Australian Magpie has currently made a nest
(and incubating 4 eggs) on top of the Olympic Stadium with a birds eye view
of all the Athletic events in the stadium for FREE for the remaining
duration of the Olympics (I bet its cheering for Cathy Freeman as she runs!).
Another nesting Magpie is harrassing the Olympic mountain bike riders at
Horsley Park and one harrassed me at Prospect Reservoir this
Also last night, between watching the Athletics and
Womens Water Polo match, I decided to switch to channel 2 and watch the second
part of the show called "Alien Cats" which featured David Pepper Edwards and a
few Victorian birdo's. The documentary was about the sighting of Pumas and
Mountain Lions in the Grampians and other areas in Victoria. Has anybody seen
such large cats or any unsual mystical beasts while out birding? (I have seen
the Bunyip on a few occassions !). I remember seeing 2 very large black
feral cats (one chasing the other) right in front of me, in bushland near
Blacktown. They were the largest cats I have ever seen, but were not the size of
I have heard that Birds Australia is putting on air
during bird week their first TV add. Is that the case?
I will be heading off to the Capertee Valley this
Long weekend. Is anybody else heading out that way aswell?